An Outdated House Updated into a Tropical Retreat

An Outdated House Updated into a Tropical Retreat

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Selena Kirchhoff
Aug 13, 2016
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Name: Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant and Dog, Clover
Location: Davis Shores, Anastasia Island, St. Augustine, Florida
Size: 1550 square feet
Years lived in: 11 Months

Rachel and Andrew of YIELD Design Co. open their doors to their beautifully renovated mid-century home in St. Augustine, Florida. What was once an outdated 1950s house is now a peaceful, tropical retreat.

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Nestled in the tropical flora and fauna of the old city of St. Augustine, Florida, this home takes you back to a time where trees were king, and the sprawl of beachside real estate a thought left for the future. The home's design pays tribute to the nature that surrounds it while providing a tranquil indoor oasis in its midst. Being designers themselves, Rachel and Andrew took a mid-century home in poor state with promising potential, and made it their own.

Incorporating their minimalist design aesthetic tied in well with the modern features of the home, like the surprisingly high ceilings and enviably large windows. Where this applies best is in the main dining room, which Rachel and Andrew added on to create an indoor/outdoor feel. The lush environment is the perfect backdrop to their renovations and design, and creates balance with what Rachel and Andrew have built together to make this house a home.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Scandinavian meets tropical

Inspiration: Allowing our own tastes to respond to the existing mid-century structure.

Favorite Element: The lush natural surroundings framed through our large windows.

Biggest Challenge: Everything. The house was in horrible shape and neglected for 20 years. But if we had to pick one thing, it would be the flooring. We removed eight different layers of flooring including asbestos tile, carpet, ceramic tile with concrete poured over it, and linoleum before we were able to skim coat the concrete foundation.

What Friends Say: It's very bright. Love the minimal style alongside tropical plants.

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Biggest Embarrassment: We've focused on the big strokes first, so there are some unfinished details remaining: ceiling finishing, trim work, etc.

Proudest DIY: The louvered cedar screen in the front entryway.

Biggest Indulgence: The leather sectional couch

Best Advice: It's important to orient your house around your lifestyle. We're often sandy after the beach or bringing our dirty dog home from the park, so we opted for materials and surfaces that we wouldn't have to tiptoe around and that would be easy to clean.

Dream Sources: Hay, Henrybuilt, Normann

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Thanks, Rachel and Andrew!

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